Category: Software

Friday, August 26, 2016

PortraitPro Body

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Anthropics Technology have released PortraitPro Body - the industry’s first dedicated full-body retouching software. According to the company, "PortraitPro Body’s cutting-edge technology is based on academic research into human appearance and on extensive training in human body shape and beauty." The program is available in two editions, PortraitPro Body Standard ($39.95) and PortraitPro Body Studio ($59.95). The standard version is a standalone applicationç whilst the studio edition additionally includes a Photoshop/Lightroom plug-in, handles camera raw files, supports conversion between different colour spaces and provides support for embedded colour profiles.

Anthropics Technology have released PortraitPro Body - the industry’s first dedicated full-body retouching software. According to the company, "PortraitPro Body’s cutting-edge technology is based on academic research into human appearance and on extensive training in human body shape and beauty." The program is available in two...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Akvis Retoucher 8.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Akvis have announced a major update to Akvis Retoucher, an image restoration program for Mac and Windows. Version 8.0 adds a History Brush tool, an innovative image retouching mode for correcting small defects, several new setting options, support for 4K and 5K displays, and more. The software runs on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10 and on Mac OS X 10.6-10.11.

Akvis have announced a major update to Akvis Retoucher, an image restoration program for Mac and Windows. Version 8.0 adds a History Brush tool, an innovative image retouching mode for correcting small defects, several new setting options, support for 4K and 5K displays, and more. The software runs on Windows XP,...

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Corel PaintShop Pro X9

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Corel have released PaintShop Pro X9, introducing a range of new features and enhancements that promise to help anyone working with images start (and finish) their personal and professional projects faster than ever. The Interactive Gradient Fill tool allows users to save time creating gradients with new interactive colour nodes, while the enhanced photo workflow enables photographers to work faster than ever with a simplified user experience that streamlines many common tasks. Extending its camera support, PaintShop Pro X9 now works with 15 new camera raw profiles. This update also adds support for Windows Real-Time Stylus, which brings pressure sensitivity and more to specific touch-enabled 2-in-1 devices like Microsoft's Surface series. Also introduced today, the PaintShop Pro X9 and VideoStudio Pro X9 Photo Video Bundle brings together a complete photo, design and video editing package for creative professionals. Suggested retail pricing for PaintShop Pro X9 is $79.99 / €69.99 / £59.99. SRP for PaintShop Pro X9 Ultimate, which includes PaintShop Pro X9 plus a collection of add-ons worth more than $200, is $99.99 / €89.99 / £79.99. The PaintShop Pro X9 and Video Studio X9 Photo Video Bundle sells for $129.99 / €99.99 / £89.99.

Corel have released PaintShop Pro X9, introducing a range of new features and enhancements that promise to help anyone working with images start (and finish) their personal and professional projects faster than ever. The Interactive Gradient Fill tool allows users to save time creating gradients with new interactive colour nodes,...

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Cascable 2.0 for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Cascable, an iOS-based remote control app that works with a number of Wi-FI capable cameras, has just been updated to version 2.0. Now supporting 50 models of camera from Canon, Nikon, Sony and Olympus, Cascable enablesfull remote control as well as copying and exporting full resolution photos, including raw files. The basic edition of Cascable 2.0 is available for free from the iTunes App Store, with Pro feature packs being available at $9.99 each.

Cascable, an iOS-based remote control app that works with a number of Wi-FI capable cameras, has just been updated to version 2.0. Now supporting 50 models of camera from Canon, Nikon, Sony and Olympus, Cascable enablesfull remote control as well as copying and exporting full resolution photos, including raw files. The basic...

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Macphun Unveils Sneak Peek of New Features in Aurora HDR 2017

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Macphun have revealed a sneak peek at Aurora HDR 2017, which introduces a number of new tools and improvements including batch processing, reworked Tone Mapping and Bracket Merging technologies, a Polarise Filter, plus new presets created by HDR professionals. Additionally, the rendering of raw files will now be much faster. Aurora 2017 will officially launch on 29th September, and will be available for pre-order from 14th September.

Macphun have revealed a sneak peek at Aurora HDR 2017, which introduces a number of new tools and improvements including batch processing, reworked Tone Mapping and Bracket Merging technologies, a Polarise Filter, plus new presets created by HDR professionals. Additionally, the rendering of raw files will now be much faster. Aurora 2017...

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Manfrotto Digital Director 2.1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Software
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Manfrotto have launched Version 2.1 of the Manfrotto Digital Director app, new Digital Director models compatible with iPad Pro 12,9“ and iPad mini 4, and a range of new accessories. Digital Director is the only Apple certified (MFi – Made for iPad) electronic device that connects your camera (select Canon and Nikon DSLRs) and iPad allowing you to shoot, check, edit, share and manage your pictures. The new Digital Director App V. 2.1 adds an intervalometer and time-lapse controls, bracketing, DoF preview, a simplified workflow, automated playback, the ability to download raw images for sharing via Wi-Fi web server, e-mail and FTP, and more. THe company has also launched a new semi- rigid case designed to organise and carry Digital Director for iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3 and iPad mini 2; a Sunhood for iPad mini 4, mini 3 and mini 2; plus a number of frame inserts for the iPad Air, Air 2, mini 2, 3 and 4, and iPad Pro 12.9”.

Manfrotto have launched Version 2.1 of the Manfrotto Digital Director app, new Digital Director models compatible with iPad Pro 12,9“ and iPad mini 4, and a range of new accessories. Digital Director is the only Apple certified (MFi – Made for iPad) electronic device that connects your camera (select Canon and...

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Akvis Updates Artistic Bundle

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Akvis have announced a major update of their most popular artistic plugins and standalone applications. The new versions - Akvis Sketch 18.0, OilPaint 5.0, AirBrush 4.0, Draw 4.0, Charcoal 2.0 and Points 2.0 - bring frames for artworks, new effect presets, an innovative user interface with support for Ultra HD displays, and a number of other changes. Customers who bought or upgraded their licenses during the last 12 months can update to the new versions for free.

Akvis have announced a major update of their most popular artistic plugins and standalone applications. The new versions - Akvis Sketch 18.0, OilPaint 5.0, AirBrush 4.0, Draw 4.0, Charcoal 2.0 and Points 2.0 - bring frames for artworks, new effect presets, an innovative user interface with support for Ultra HD displays, and a number of other...

Friday, July 29, 2016

THETA+ Video for Android

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Ricoh have released "THETA+ Video" for Android, an Android version of the THETA + Video app for editing video captured with the Ricoh THETA 360° camera. This application makes it easy to edit and process 360° video captured with the Ricoh THETA S and RICOH THETA m15 and enables actions such as trimming, switching the view, changing colour tone, and inserting background music. Video can be cropped to the preferred angle then posted and shared on social media channels such as Instagram and Facebook. The "THETA+ Video" app is available as a free download from the Google Play Store.

Ricoh have released "THETA+ Video" for Android, an Android version of the THETA + Video app for editing video captured with the Ricoh THETA 360° camera. This application makes it easy to edit and process 360° video captured with the Ricoh THETA S and RICOH THETA m15 and enables actions such...

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Adobe Lightroom for Apple TV

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe have launched Lightroom for Apple TV. This release allows users to view and share all of their synced Lightroom photos - including images they have uploaded via Lightroom CC on their desktop, Lightroom on mobile, or Lightroom on the web. Lightroom for Apple TV requires an Apple TV 4th Gen as well as a Creative Cloud subscription to login. The app can be downloaded for free from the App Store on your Apple TV, and is available now.

Adobe have launched Lightroom for Apple TV. This release allows users to view and share all of their synced Lightroom photos - including images they have uploaded via Lightroom CC on their desktop, Lightroom on mobile, or Lightroom on the web. Lightroom for Apple TV requires an Apple TV ...

Leica SL Firmware Version 2.1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera, Software
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Leica has announced that firmware update 2.1, along with Leica Image Shuttle 3.4 and the Leica Tethered Plug-in 1.1.0 for the Leica SL are now available to download. The Leica Image Shuttle 3.4 software improves workflow efficiency for tethered shooting with the Leica SL, and allows the camera to be controlled from a computer via USB. Additionally, the Leica Tethered Plug-in 1.1.0 establishes a direct connection between the Leica SL and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 / CC via USB cable. The shutter release can be activated from the plug-in and the images captured can be displayed immediately in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 / CC. Firmware Version 2.1 is required to take advantage of these software updates. Registered Leica SL owners can opt to download the new firmware and software from the Leica Owner’s Area, or take their camera to their nearest Leica Store or Leica Customer Care in the UK for a complimentary update service.

Leica has announced that firmware update 2.1, along with Leica Image Shuttle 3.4 and the Leica Tethered Plug-in 1.1.0 for the Leica SL are now available to download. The Leica Image Shuttle 3.4 software improves workflow efficiency for tethered shooting with the Leica SL, and allows the camera to be controlled from a computer...

Monday, July 25, 2016

Adobe Camera Raw 9.6.1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe have released Version 9.6.1 of Adobe Camera Raw (ACR). This update adds support for raw files generated by the new Fuji X-T2 compact system camera (pictured), and fixes a couple of bugs related to uncompressed DNGs files converted from Fuji X-E2 RAF files and panoramas created from two HDR DNG source images. This version of ACR is available through the update mechanism in Photoshop CC and the Creative Cloud application.

Adobe have released Version 9.6.1 of Adobe Camera Raw (ACR). This update adds support for raw files generated by the new Fuji X-T2 compact system camera (pictured), and fixes a couple of bugs related to uncompressed DNGs files converted from Fuji X-E2 RAF files and panoramas created from two HDR...

Thursday, July 21, 2016

SlimRAW 1.6

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Version 1.6 of slimRAW, a fast CinemaDNG compressor which saves storage space and reduces storage bandwidth requirements for CinemaDNG raw video production, is now available. This update adds a 5:1 constant bit rate CinemaDNG raw compression as well as two modes of variable bit rate lossy CinemaDNG compression in addition to the previously available 3:1 and 4:1 options. There is also a new widely compatible logarithmically encoded lossless compression mode, which offers further space savings while still keeping the original image quality untouched.

Version 1.6 of slimRAW, a fast CinemaDNG compressor which saves storage space and reduces storage bandwidth requirements for CinemaDNG raw video production, is now available. This update adds a 5:1 constant bit rate CinemaDNG raw compression as well as two modes of variable bit rate lossy CinemaDNG compression in addition to the...

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Affinity Photo 1.5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Serif have published a sneak peek video detailing what’s new in Affinity Photo v1.5, projected to be available in the Mac App Store in early autumn. New features include andvanced HDR exposure blending, a novel way to edit 360 degree images, an entirely new workspace for tone mapping, batch processing, focus stacking and macros. All these functions will also be included in the Windows version of the software. “This will be the fifth major update we’ve pushed out since the launch of Affinity Photo – all free of charge to people who’ve bought the app,” says Serif Managing Director Ashley Hewson. “We’re committed to continuing to develop features that cement the position of Affinity Photo as the most indispensable image editing tool for pros, whether they’re using Mac or PC.” Click through / scroll down for the sneak preview.

Serif have published a sneak peek video detailing what’s new in Affinity Photo v1.5, projected to be available in the Mac App Store in early autumn. New features include andvanced HDR exposure blending, a novel way to edit 360 degree images, an entirely new workspace for tone mapping, batch...

Monday, July 18, 2016

Magix Camera MX 4.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Magix have updated their free Camera MX app to Version 4.0. Now available on the Google Play Store, Magix Camera MX 4.0 features many real-time effects including more than 20 filters and 3 effects packages, such as HDR, Lomo, Mirror, Kaleidoscope, Distortion, Overlays, Textures, and many more. With the revamped Live Shot function, Android users can now take live photos: in addition to a static image, the last moments leading up to the image are saved with a photo. This allows you to go back to your recording and save single images, or see the photo as an animated clip and share it with friends. Camera MX also offers extensive optimisation options to put the final touches to your photos and videos, including cropping, brightness, contrast, saturation, and colour temperature.

Magix have updated their free Camera MX app to Version 4.0. Now available on the Google Play Store, Magix Camera MX 4.0 features many real-time effects including more than 20 filters and 3 effects packages, such as HDR, Lomo, Mirror, Kaleidoscope, Distortion, Overlays, Textures, and many more. With the revamped Live Shot function, Android...

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Canon Connect Station

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Canon today announced its new Canon Connect Station mobile application for the Canon Connect Station CS100 device. The new app makes it easy to connect to the CS100 device from a compatible smartphone or tablet. Users simply connect to the same wireless network and open up the Canon Connect Station app to start browsing, uploading, and downloading images. They can also drag-and-drop images from their computer or select multiple images at a time. The application can save over 1,000 images at one time and easily identifies previously saved and stored photos, helping to eliminate duplicates stored on the Canon Connect Station CS100 device. Additionally, users can now edit album names and add comments using the mobile app. The new Canon Connect Station Mobile Application is available for free on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Canon today announced its new Canon Connect Station mobile application for the Canon Connect Station CS100 device. The new app makes it easy to connect to the CS100 device from a compatible smartphone or tablet. Users simply connect to the same wireless network and open up the Canon Connect Station...

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

AKVIS Refocus 6.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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AKVIS have just released Refocus 6.0, a program for improving the sharpness of out of focus images and adding lens blur effects to your photos. This release brings a time-saving batch processing feature, a modernised graphical user interface with support for Ultra HD displays, advanced print options, and other improvements. The product is available as a standalone application and as a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and other image editors.

AKVIS have just released Refocus 6.0, a program for improving the sharpness of out of focus images and adding lens blur effects to your photos. This release brings a time-saving batch processing feature, a modernised graphical user interface with support for Ultra HD displays, advanced print options, and other improvements. The...

Monday, July 11, 2016

Ashampoo Slideshow Studio HD 4

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Ashampoo have released Ashampoo Slideshow Studio HD 4 for Windows. New features and enhancements include several new transition effects; support for Apple, Android, Sony and Microsoft devices; and new output formats including MKV, VP9 and MP4. A new wizard helps beginners create slideshows with ease. Other additions include faster encoding with NVENC and Intel Media support, as well as support for 4K resolutions. The program is available now for $39.99.

Ashampoo have released Ashampoo Slideshow Studio HD 4 for Windows. New features and enhancements include several new transition effects; support for Apple, Android, Sony and Microsoft devices; and new output formats including MKV, VP9 and MP4. A new wizard helps beginners create slideshows with ease. Other additions include faster encoding with...

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Xara Designer Pro X365

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Xara has announced a new release of Xara Designer Pro X. Billed as the ultimate all-in-one creative software that provides all the tools for illustration, photo editing, web graphics and desktop publishing; Xara Designer Pro X365 contains major enhancements for both web and graphic design, and a new delivery model that gives access to new updates as they happen in the 365 days after purchase. The photo editing tools have been enhanced with two new W3C standard transparency blend modes and a new ultra-easy way to rotate, scale / pan and crop images. The photo editor provides vector based, editable, non-destructive photo editing so the user can return to the original image at any time. Additinally, there are two new types of photo grids. ‘Static’ Photo Grids are simple, fixed, visually attractive grids of photos onto which users can drag & drop their own photo. ‘Smart’ Photo Grids smartly resize to fill the rectangles as photos are added or deleted, and users can swap the positions of the photos, adjust the number of rows and columns and the border / gap between all the photos.Xara’s new Update Service means that users will no longer have to wait a year between releases to access new features and content. Users will have access to new features and content as Xara develop them, at any time during the year after their purchase. An enhanced Online Content Catalogue will also be included free for one year as part of Xara’s new Update Service. The catalogue will provide access to a new library of over 500,000 quality royalty-free, high quality, high-resolution stock photos, provided under a CC0 license. Xara Designer Pro X365 is available for £219.

Xara has announced a new release of Xara Designer Pro X. Billed as the ultimate all-in-one creative software that provides all the tools for illustration, photo editing, web graphics and desktop publishing; Xara Designer Pro X365 contains major enhancements for both web and graphic design, and a new...

Monday, July 4, 2016

RNI All Films 4

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Really Nice Images today announced the immediate availability of RNI All Films 4.0, a film simulation package for Adobe Photoshop / Camera Raw and Lightroom. Containing 58 film stocks and over 300 presets organised into 5 categories including Negative, Slide, Instant, BW and Vintage; this completely revised version of RNI All Films features customised camera profiles for a wide range of cameras and a lot of major improvements. RNI All Films 4 is available now in tw versions; Pro ($122) and Light ($59).

Really Nice Images today announced the immediate availability of RNI All Films 4.0, a film simulation package for Adobe Photoshop / Camera Raw and Lightroom. Containing 58 film stocks and over 300 presets organised into 5 categories including Negative, Slide, Instant, BW and Vintage; this completely revised version of RNI All Films features customised camera...

Friday, July 1, 2016

Affinity Designer for Windows

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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The first free beta version of Affinity Designer is now available for Windows. Designed to work on 64-bit Windows 7 and above, Affinity Designer is part of a trio of professional quality design software tools. Affinity Photo launched for Mac last year and will follow for Windows, while Affinity Publisher is expected early in 2017. “The beta launch of Affinity Designer on Windows is a huge step towards that, although it's important to remember that it's not the finished product at this stage,” says Serif Managing Director Ashley Hewson. “Our beta phase for Mac was exceptionally valuable in helping us to refine the software and now we’re excited to work just as a closely with Windows users, to deliver a brilliant end product.” The first full version of Affinity Designer for Windows is likely to go on sale in around three months, for direct download from the Affinity website. People can still sign up for the Windows beta at the website below.

The first free beta version of Affinity Designer is now available for Windows. Designed to work on 64-bit Windows 7 and above, Affinity Designer is part of a trio of professional quality design software tools. Affinity Photo launched for Mac last year and will follow for Windows, while Affinity Publisher is...